• Jill has worked in the field of therapeutic recreation since 1987. She began her career with Project STRIDE a grant project designed to provide summer leisure education programs for teens with developmental disabilities. She spent her winters as a ski patrol. Her year round career began two years later, working as an inpatient therapist in physical rehabilitation where she became senior staff therapist and director of aquatics. In 1990 she founded Northeast Passage (NEP) as a private not for profit, and in 2000 merged NEP with the University of New Hampshire to become the service and research branch within the Department of Recreation Management and Policy. Over the last twenty years Jill has served as the director of Northeast Passage, a nationally and internationally recognized program that delivers community and school based recreational therapy and adapted sports. Jill has served as Project Coordinator on four federal grants focused on developing state-of-the-art RT programs in community settings. She has conducted research on the efficacy of the PATH program model, a community based RT intervention designed to reduce secondary conditions and promote healthy behaviors in individuals with disabilities. Of highest priority at this time is the development of new venues for fully reimbursed, goal-based, recreational therapy with in community settings. In 2006, Jill chaired the task force that successfully achieved licensure for therapeutic recreation in the State of New Hampshire.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2016 Northeast Passage PATH (TM) Program A Strengths-Based and Recovery-Oriented Approach for Veterans Who Experience Mental Health DisordersTherapeutic Recreation Journal.  50:138-154. 2016
    2013 Promoting Access, Transition, and Health: A Community-Based Approach to Managing Chronic Health ConditionsATRA Annual.  21:45-62. 2013
    2011 The PATH-way home: Promoting access, transition, and health for veterans with disabilities.Therapeutic Recreation Journal.  45:268-285. 2011
    2005 The PATH to Community Health Care for People with Disabilities: a Community-Based Therapeutic Recreation ServiceTherapeutic Recreation Journal.  39:78-87. 2005
    2001 In Home Therapeutic Recreation Intervention for Recent Spinal Cord Injuries.The NTRS Special Publication, In Home Therapeutic Recreation: Successful Strategies and Services.2001
    1999 Project PATH: A Health Promoting Intervention for People with Spinal Cord InjuriesAnnual in Therapeutic Recreation.  8:33-42. 1999
    1997 Northeast Passage: Strengthening the Empowerment Process.Journal of Leisurability.  24:30-36. 1997
    1995 PARTNERS: Promoting Accessible RecreationParks and Recreation Magazine.  5. 1995

    Conference Paper

    Year Title
    Community-based recreational therapy for Veterans with disabilities: Impacts on functioning and quality of life.

    Principal Investigator On

  • UNH Adaptive Sports 2021  awarded by Dept. of Veterans Affairs 2021 - 2022
  • VA Adaptive Sports 2019 - Vet Connect  awarded by US Veterans Administration 2019 - 2020
  • The PATH Program: VISN 1 Expansion, Stage 1  awarded by Bob Woodruff Foundation 2018 - 2020
  • Anthem Granite State Power Soccer Invitational  awarded by Disabled Sports Usa 2019
  • FY19 VA Adaptive Sports Program  awarded by US Veterans Administration 2018 - 2019
  • FY 2018 VA Adaptive Sports Program  awarded by US Veterans Administration 2017 - 2018
  • PATH (Promoting Access, Transition and Health)  awarded by Bob Woodruff Foundation 2016 - 2017
  • FY 2017 VA Adaptive Sports Program-Triple H  awarded by US Veterans Administration 2016 - 2017
  • Project Engage, Facilitating the Engagement of Disabled Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces into Community, Sport, Recreation and Whole Life Health  awarded by US Veterans Administration 2015 - 2016
  • Adaptive Sports and Recreaction Engagement for Disabled Veterans and disabled Members of the Armed Forces: A Continuum of Services  awarded by US Veterans Administration 2014 - 2015
  • Expanding Recreation and Sports Opportunities for Individuals with High-Level SCI  awarded by Reeve (Christopher) Paralysis Foundation 2014 - 2015
  • Lead Program for Paralympic Sport Clubs, New England Region, Veteran Services  awarded by US Olympic Committee 2013 - 2014
  • Paralympic Training  awarded by US Olympic Committee 2013
  • Certification and training in Adaptive Sports Project  awarded by Bob Woodruff Foundation 2013
  • Northeast Passage  awarded by US Olympic Committee 2012 - 2013
  • New England Veterans Paralympic Development Program  awarded by US Olympic Committee 2011 - 2012
  • RMP  awarded by US Olympic Committee 2010 - 2011
  • Graduate Assistantship in Community Based Therapeutic Recreation  awarded by Waban Projects Inc 2007 - 2008
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Jill Gravink